Hartlepool Utd star’s dip in sea to face Huddersfield

Evan Horwood breaks away against Huddersfield. Picture by FRANK REID
Evan Horwood breaks away against Huddersfield. Picture by FRANK REID

EVAN Horwood has revealed how an early-morning dip in the North Sea helped him to beat injury and star in last night’s goalless draw with Huddersfield Town.

The Pools-born ace could barely walk in the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Walsall after a hefty whack to his left leg forced him off late in the game.

The problem was showing no signs of letting up until physios James Haycock and Ian Gallagher took Horwood and fellow full-back Neil Austin to the beach at Seaton Carew.

The pair braved the driving rain and icy water in a bid to ease the dead legs which had been threatening to keep them out of last night’s match.

And Horwood told SportMail: “I’ve got to say thanks to the physios for getting me fit – I could hardly walk on Monday morning.

“Aussie was the same as well. They had us down the beach in the sea and we were there again yesterday at 8 o’clock in the morning in the rain trying to get ourselves sorted.

“I just live down the road from there so I’ve been down a few times myself. It’s really good for you when you’ve got knocks and bruises.

“It was a bit cold but it’s worth it to play in the game.

“It’s sounds a bit strange but it works so I’d have no problems doing it again.”

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